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Don M. Schmidt

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Education

Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 1970

Kalamazoo College, B.A. 1967

Bar Admissions

Don Schmidt assists all types of public entities -- cities, villages, school districts, libraries, educational institutions, special authorities, and so forth -- in meeting the ever-increasing requirements of public agency law.

His specialty areas include intergovernmental agreements, economic development projects, PA 425 conditional land transfers, municipal utility matters, annexation, Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act issues, elections, construction contracts, and bidding and contracting matters.

Honors

Best Lawyers in America, Muncipal Law and Public Finance Law 2007-present

Michigan Super Lawyers, Government/Cities/Municipalities 2008-present

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, 2011 William L. Steude Ethics and Civility in Local Government Award, 2009 Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Local Government Law Section

State Bar of Michigan, Public Corporation Law Section, Member, Section Council; Chair, 1996-1997; Vice Chair, 1995-1996; Secretary-Treasurer, 1994-1995; Aviation Law Section

Kalamazoo County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1983-1987; President, 1986-1987; President-elect, 1985-1986; First Vice-president, 1984-1985

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Board of Directors, 1983-1987; President, 1986-1987

Michigan Municipal League, Legal Defense Fund Board of Director, 1983-1987; Chairman, Board of Directors, 1986-1987

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Big Brother, 1975-1980

Rotary Club of Kalamazoo

Friendship Village, Board of Directors, 2001-2009

Speeches

Presenter, "The New Contract Zoning Legislation in Michigan: Is Your Community Ready?" Seminar sponsored by McKenna Associates and Miller Canfield, Grand Valley State University, L.V. Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 18, 2005

Presenter, "The Sunshine Acts in the Age of the Internet: I'll Bet Bill Gates Never Thought of This," 7th Annual Summer Education Conference of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys and Public Corporation Law Section, Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, June 25, 2005

Presenter, "Construction Seminar," Genesee County Division of Water and Waste Services, Flint, Michigan, 2005

Presenter, "Basics of OMA and FOIA," Michigan Municipal League, 106th Annual Convention, Mackinac Island, Michigan, 10/1/04

Presenter, "Conflict of Interest--What Is and What Isn't? Recent Developments in Conflicts of Interest for School Officials." Annual Meeting of Michigan Association of School Administrators, Traverse City, Michigan, 9/23/04

Presenter, "Open Meetings Act Update," Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Local Governmental Law and Practice in Michigan Workshop, East Lansing, Michigan, 11/6/03

Presenter, "Open Meetings Act Update," Public Corporation Law Section 2003 Winter Seminar, Dearborn, Michigan, 2/7/03

Presenter, "Update on the Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Acts," 2003 Legal Institute for Township Attorneys held in conjunction with the Michigan Township Association's 50th Annual Educational Conference, Detroit, Michigan, 1/28/03

Guest panelist, "First Amendment Forum," at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Auditorium in Battle Creek, Michigan, sponsored by the Battle Creek Enquirer, 1/9/02

Presenter, "The Supreme Court Speaks on the Application of the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act to Public Sector Employers," International Personnel Management Association and the Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association, East Lansing, Michigan, 12/07/01

Presenter, "Update on Regional Affiliation Structures and Governance Options ( Round 3)," Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, Battle Creek, Michigan, 5/23/01

Presenter, "Open Meetings Act/FOIA/Robert's Rules of Order, Conflict of Interest/Ethical Considerations for Public Officials," Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce Public Service Candidate School, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 3/21/01

Presenter, "Regional Affiliation Structures and Governance Options (Round 2)," Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, Lansing, Michigan, 2/27/01

Presenter, "Regional Affiliation Structures and Governance Options," Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, Traverse City, Michigan, 10/17/00

Presenter, "FOIA and Electronic Data," Public Corporation Law Section Winter Seminar, Battle Creek, Michigan, 2/4/00

Presenter, "Public Bidding Requirements," Lorman Educational Services Seminar on Construction Contracting for Public Entities in Michigan, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 12/3/99

Presenter, "What Every Public Official Should Know about the Open Meetings Act," Michigan Municipal Finance Officers' Association, Bellaire, Michigan, 9/20/99

Presenter, "Update on the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act," State Bar of Michigan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 9/15/99

Presenter, "An Update on the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act," Michigan Townships Association's Legal Institute for Township Attorneys, Detroit, Michigan, 1/19/99

Presenter, "Recent Amendments to the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act and Case Law Update," Seventh Annual Municipal Attorney Institute of Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Frankenmuth, Michigan, 10/8/97

Presenter, "Regional Telecommunications Policy Planning," GrandNet, Grand Community Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 10/15/96

"Newly Elected Village Officials: Getting Off to the Right Start," Michigan Municipal League, Battle Creek, Michigan, May 11, 1996

Presenter, "The Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act," Sixth Annual Municipal Attorney Institute, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Frankenmuth, Michigan, May 2, 1996

"Selecting Professional Services," Michigan Library Association, Howell, Michigan, April 25, 1996

Presenter, "The Open Meetings Act--Its Requirements and some Practical Approaches," Public Corporation Law Section Seminar, State Bar of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 24, 1995

Presenter, "Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act," 5th Annual Municipal Attorney Institute, Albion College, November 3, 1994

Presenter, "Newly Elected Village Officials: Getting Off to the Right Start." The Michigan Municipal League, April 23, 1994

Presenter, "Is There Life after Booth? The Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act after Booth Newspapers, Inc. v University of Michigan," Township Attorney Institute, Detroit, Michigan, January 18, 1994

Presenter, "Newly Elected Officials: Getting Off to the Right Start," The Michigan Municipal League, January 8, 1994

Presenter, "Is There Anyplace Where the Sun Doesn't Shine So to Speak? The Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act," Municipal Attorney Institute of Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, October 27, 1993

Presenter, "The Sunshine Laws, The Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act or Is There Any Place Where the Sun Doesn't Shine, So to Speak?" 1992 Municipal Attorney Institute of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, June 25, 1992

Presenter, "Employment Contract for City Managers and City Attorneys Still Alive after City of Hazel Park v Potter"? Annual Mid-winter Advanced Institute of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, February 18, 1992

Presenter, "Freedom of Information Act/Open Meetings Act, Recent Developments." Michigan Townships Association Legal Institute, January 21, 1992

Presenter, "Freedom of Information Act/Open Meetings Act Update, Recent Developments Since June 1990." 1991 Spring Seminar of the Public Corporation Section of the State Bar of Michigan, June 6, 1991

Presenter, "An Update on the Open Meetings Act," Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, February 26, 1991

Presenter, "Freedom of Information/Open Meetings Act Update," 1990 Spring Seminar of the Public Corporation Section, State Bar of Michigan, June 9, 1990

Publications

"Michigan Supreme Court Upholds FOIA 'Frank Communications' Exemption," Municipal Legal Briefs, August 2006

"When is a Meeting a 'Meeting' under Michigan's Open Meetings Act?" Michigan Municipal Review, May/June 2004

"The Freedom of Information Act," Local Government Law and Practice in Michigan, Michigan Municipal League and MAMA, 1999

"Putting it in Focus: An Update on the Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Acts," Michigan Township News, April 1999

"An Update on Recent Cases Involving the Open Meetings Act: AKA--Whither the Committee," Michigan Council of School Attorneys' Newsletter, October 1998

"A City Commission and a City Manager--a New Public Body?" Michigan Municipal Review, June 1998

"Local Government Bidding and Contracting Procedures," Michigan Bar Journal, February 1984

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